active since the ‘80s, Bächli has dedicated her research to drawings that balance abstraction and hints at the figurative, narration and action. A glossary of lines, grids, and movements in continuous evolution characterizes her distinctive production, a devoted investigation in ceaseless transformation.
The genesis is to be traced in reality, in the day to day, in the accidental: an invisible region of emotions and impressions that are formalized in a language that is intrinsically tied to the medium.
Bächli has developed her drawing practice working on sheets of white paper, of different sizes, qualities and tones, and using Indian ink, charcoal, gouache or pastels.
Using the body and its movements as a starting point, her work spreads into everything that can be considered part of the realm of feeling. In this way she presents a reality made up of fragments and impressions.
The result is not just painterly moments; the drawings often seem to capture, as if in film stills, a cinematic way of looking at bodies and things or their details, at landscapes, gestures, structures, and processes. Her works tell stories without an actual beginning or end, just a visualization of a moment captured in time.
Untitled (Mantel 5) (2017) by Silvia BächliTHAT'S CONTEMPORARY
Silvia Bächli was born in Baden, Switzerland, in 1956. She lives and works in Basel.
She represented Switzerland at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009). Bächli’s works are featured in numerous major collections including MoMA, New York; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Kunstmuseum, Basel; Kunstmuseum St.Gallen; Neue Pinakothek, Munich; Mamco, Gèneve; The Art Institute of Chicago.
Untitled (2017) by Silvia BächliTHAT'S CONTEMPORARY
This virtual exhibition was brought together with Raffaella Cortese fondation on the occasion of the Exhibition ‘Nähern’ visitable from the 18.09.18 to the 22.11.18.
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